austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag

Yesterday was a nice enough evening with a comfortably steady breeze, so I opened up my bathroom and living room windows, and the kitchen door (the kitchen is basically open to the outside) to enjoy the fresh air. Then a sparrow flew in from my bedroom, arced around the living room and went to my front door corner. I'm assuming it was a sparrow. It was one of the boring little brownish model bird. Singapore has many more exciting birds, but this was not among them.

The sparrow didn't care for the closed door, and few back to the living room, near the window, but did not go through, perhaps because of the light curtains over the open window. So it flew back to my bathroom, but didn't leave. It came back out, flying towards but not through the living room windows, to the front door, and back, arcing around by the living room window and back to the bathroom. It made the loop one more time, to living room, front door, living room and bathroom. Now finally it got out and flew back to whatever its work was.

I have the curious feeling I was part of an avian hazing stunt.

Teams at the Singapore International Bowling Open this week tried to set a record for stacking bowling balls on top of one another. Lee U-wen and Evelyn Chan stacked eight bowling balls, which put them into the Singapore Book of Records. Unfortunately this was not enough for the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world record is ten. Somehow the article failed to include pictures.

Friday, it turns out, was ``Eat with your family day,'' and most faculty and staff at the university was encouraged to go home an hour early to, well, you know. It's a nice enough thought, though my family is on the order of 28 hours of flight time away. I'd like to participate, but I don't think that schedule fits their plans.

Trivia: Building the Panama Railroad, 1850-55, over roughly the route the canal would follow, cost eight million dollars and required 1200 workers. Source: Engineering in History, Richard Shelton Kirby, Sidney Withington, Arthur Burr Darling, Frederick Gridley Kilgour.

Currently Reading: The Box, Marc Levinson. It's a history of containerized cargo shipping, which may not sound like that much to you, but: bluerain would be very wise to put it on the birthday list for orv. He'll love it.


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